An estimated 10 ambulances were on the scene at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Fans waiting in line to see a Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert were reportedly stretchered out after a pavilion collapsed overhead, dropping a metal awning on people.
Concertgoers were preparing to enter the venue when a storm blowing into South Oklahoma caused the structure to fall apart, an eyewitness told Oklahoma’s News 4.
ET’s Steve Wilks confirmed 14 people were injured after allegedly failing to heed venue staff’s warning to move away from the pavilion.
The casino reportedly told Grayson County Scanner (GCS) the reports are being blown out of proportion.
“Many people were saying there were injuries and scaffolding had fallen,” writes GCS. “I spoke to WinStar directly and was told that a tent had blown over that was set up for guest services. They say there are NO serious injuries at this time. I was told that the concert WILL go on as planned. I will update if new or different information becomes available.”
Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson chimed in, thanking the fans for selling out the 12,000-plus venue and insisting the show will go on “if it is safe, our lights and sound work, and the weather holds up.” Nick Carter also spoke on the matter.
On Tuesday, Backstreet Boys announced the group has decided to not return to the WinStar Casino.
The band took to Facebook to make their announcement: “Regrettably, we won’t be able to reschedule our show in Thackerville at WinStar World Casino and Resort. We do plan to be back in the Dallas and Tulsa area in 2019! Stay tuned for additional information as we want to make this up to all of our fans in the area.”
They added, “We can’t wait to see each and every one of you!”